Erik Grönwall

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Erik Grönwall
Picture taken during H.E.A.T show 2014
Picture taken during H.E.A.T show 2014
Background information
Birth namePer Erik Magnus Grönwall
Born (1987-12-03) 3 December 1987 (age 34)
Knivsta, Sweden
OriginStockholm, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2009–present
LabelsSony Music Sweden

Per Erik Magnus Grönwall[1] (born 3 December 1987) is a Swedish hard rock and heavy metal singer. In 2009, he won the Swedish Idol reality television. During several of the shows, he received standing ovations from the jury for his performances. His first single, "Higher", sold gold on digital downloads after only three days. His debut album, self-titled Erik Grönwall, was released just ten days after the finals and debuted at number one on the Swedish albums chart and was certified platinum. In 2012, Grönwall joined rock band H.E.A.T as lead singer.

Altogether as a solo artist and band member, Grönwall has numerous top 40 hits. In 2018, he portrayed Simon Zealotes in the NBC live television concert production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar, in which he received Grammy nomination for in the Best Musical Theater Album category.[2] He left H.E.A.T in 2020 after four albums with the band, and in 2022 joined Skid Row.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Erik was born in Knivsta, a small town about 30 miles north of Stockholm. He started his musical career by playing the guitar in a local punk/rock band. During high school, his focus went from mostly playing the guitar to singing. He became the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the metalband RAID from north-eastern Stockholm and played with them until summer 2008. His future as a singer really took shape for the first time as he performed the leading role as Galileo Figaro in the Queen musical We Will Rock You, doing a number of shows at Oscarsteatern in Stockholm. Aggressive, charismatic hard rock frontmen such as Paul Stanley (of Kiss) and Freddie Mercury (of Queen) proved huge influences on Grönwall.

Swedish Idol 2009[edit]

Grönwall first auditioned for Swedish Idol in 2007, but he did not reach the final auditions at that time. In 2009, he came back, and made quite an impression on the jury who reacted with a mix of crying and laughing after his audition singing Skid Row's "18 and Life". Grönwall performed several rock songs during the show (Kiss – "Shout It Out Loud", Iron Maiden – "Run to the Hills" and Queen – "The Show Must Go On"). He subsequently won the competition.

After Idol[edit]

Grönwall in 2010

Immediately following Idol, Grönwall released his debut single, "Higher", which debuted at number one on Sverigetopplistan. One week later, his self-titled debut album "Erik Grönwall" was released, which included songs performed during the Idol shows. The album made it right into the number one spot on Sverigetopplistan. The album has been certified with platinum.

In 2009, Grönwall began working on his second studio album titled "Somewhere Between a Rock and a Hard Place" scheduled to be released on 2 June 2010. The lead single for the album, "Crash and Burn", was released on 19 April 2010. The album included songs written by Joey Tempest, Paul Stanley, Jörgen Elofsson, Nicke Borg, etc.

He made his acting debut in America in the live televised concert rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar as the apostle Simon Zealotes on 1 April 2018, Easter Sunday.

H.E.A.T[edit]

Following the departure of former vocalist Kenny Leckremo in 2010, Grönwall joined Swedish rock band H.E.A.T as lead vocalist. In 2012, they released the album Address the Nation. It was listed number one on the rock charts and was well received by critics. H.E.A.T started the recordings of their album Tearing Down the Walls in 2013, which was released in 2014. The band subsequently started their tour with the album. They have played all over the world and been the opening act for bands like Scorpions. In late 2020, Grönwall left H.E.A.T after four albums with the band, and former vocalist Kenny Leckremo rejoined.

New Horizon[edit]

In 2021, it was announced that Grönwall and former bandmate Jona Tee had a new project going, the power metal band New Horizon. Official audio of the track We Unite dropped online on 29 November 2021. Already signed to Frontiers Records, they will have their debut album Gate of the Gods out in early 2022. A video for the track was launched on 5 January 2022, featuring project guest musicians Robban Bäck (Mustasch, ex-Eclipse, ex-Ammunition) and Dave Dalone (also former bandmate in H.E.A.T.) among others.

Skid Row[edit]

In March 2022 Grönwall announced that he would be joining American heavy metal band Skid Row as their new vocalist, replacing ZP Theart.[3]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

H.E.A.T[edit]

New Horizon[edit]

  • Gate of the Gods (2022)

Skid Row[edit]

  • The Gang’s All Here (2022)


Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart position Weeks on list Sales and certifications Album
2009 "Higher" 1 19 Platinum Erik Grönwall
2010 "Crash and Burn" 10 4 N/A Somewhere Between a Rock and a Hard Place
2019 "Vart vi än går"[4] N/A Non-album single

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Song Chart Top # Weeks on list
2009 "Run to the Hills (Live)" 2 4
"The Show Must Go On (Live)" 9 5
"Always (Live)" 16 1
"18 and Life" 17 2
"Is It True?" 35 1
"Heaven (Live)" 38 1
"Shout It Out Loud (Live)" 49 1
"Hey Jude (Live)" 51 1
Preceded by Idol winner
Erik Grönwall (2009)
Succeeded by

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erik Grönwall" (in Swedish). Erik Grönwall. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/erik-gr%C3%B6nwall
  3. ^ Eric Grönwall (23 March 2022). "Ladies and gents. I herby [sic] declare the circle of all fucking circles complete. You're looking at the new singer of @officialskidrow #skidrow #erikgronwall". Facebook. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Vart vi än går by Erik Grönwall". Spotify. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2020.

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